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Aspire High: Impacting student aspirations in a regional community


Reaburn, R and Fraser, S and Smith, H and Roberts, J and Fielding-Wells, J and Corbett, M, Aspire High: Impacting student aspirations in a regional community, Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, (3) pp. 73-89. ISSN 1036-0026 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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This paper provides initial evidence of the effectiveness of an educational program in a Tasmanian regional community that has experienced ongoing industrial restructuring. In response to these changes, community and civic leaders adopted a multifaceted strategic plan to address employment needs and opportunities. Part of this plan involved targeting school children to help them explore a broader range of educational and career options. The program, Aspire High, involves Year 5 children visiting workplaces, the local Year 11 and 12 college, the local technical college, and a local university campus. This paper reports results from student interviews and surveys. While it is difficult to attribute changes in studentsí attitudes and aspirations solely to Aspire High, it is evident that they were enthusiastic about the program. Secondary findings showed that students become less positive towards school by Year 8, and that boys are less likely to be positive towards school and more likely to choose a traditionally gendered occupation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aspirations, school, rural, partnerships
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education policy, sociology and philosophy
Research Field:Sociology of education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Reaburn, R (Dr Robyn Reaburn)
UTAS Author:Fraser, S (Professor Sharon Fraser)
UTAS Author:Smith, H (Dr Heidi Smith)
UTAS Author:Corbett, M (Professor Michael Corbett)
ID Code:123006
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-12-11
Last Modified:2018-06-21

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